Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa – www.ipsmo.org

September 5, 2009

Sept 16: The Epidemic of Continuing Violence Against Indigenous Women

Update:

*** Please help spread the word ***

In solidarity with Indigenous Women across Turtle Island please join us in an evening of understanding
The Epidemic of Continuing Violence Against Indigenous Women

6:30 PM Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
Auditorium, National Library and Archives
395 Wellington St. Ottawa, Algonquin Territory
Wheelchair Accessible
Free!  Everyone is Welcome.

This event is also a fundraiser for Laurie Odjick and her family for their struggle to find Maisy Odjick (her daughter) and Shannon Alexander, Anishinabeg teenagers from Kitigan Zibi, who have been missing since September 5th, 2008 (http://www.findmaisyandshannon.com/), and to support organizing to end violence against Indigenous women.

Presented by
Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa
ipsmo@riseup.net,
https://ipsmo.wordpress.com

RSVP to this event on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139200731712

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Opening Ceremony:
Verna McGregor and Elaine Kicknosway, Anishinabekweg, Omàmiwinini (Algonquin) and Cree Nation

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Films Screening:
The Highway of Tears by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
The Heart Has Its Own Memory by Audrey Huntley and Folkard Fritz

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Speakers:

Laurie Odjick
Omàmiwinini (Algonquin) Nation
Mother of Maisy Odjick, Missing Teenage Girl

Doreen Silversmith
Guyohkohnyo (Cayuga) Nation
No More Silence Network

Bruce Sinclair
Metis Nation (Saskatchewan)
Brothers In Spirit, Native Women’s Association of Canada

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According to the Sisters In Spirit research by Native Women Association of Canada, in the past forty years, there are 520 known cases of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls.  Why are Indigenous women more susceptible to violence?  Why is there violence against women, particularly Indigenous women?  On September 16th, we will get a closer understanding of the reality of the lives of the Indigenous women across Turtle Island (Canada) and root causes of violence against Grandmothers, Grand aunties, Mothers, Aunties, Sisters and Daughters.

Exact a year ago, on September 15, 2008, hundreds of people gathered in front of Parliament Hill for a rally to raise awareness and demand a response from Canadian State on the violence against Indigenous women.  Since then, the circumstances of Indigenous women have not changed – colonial and racial oppressions and violence continue.  The majority of the people in the dominant culture still don’t know the dreadful threats Indigenous women face today.

In addition to demanding actions from Canadian government, what would it take for us to understand that the health of our environment is inextricably linked to the health and well-being of Indigenous women?  What would it take for us to begin caring about Indigenous women so that they will be once again respected and honoured like their ancestors prior to Colonization?

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Related Links:

A Letter from Kitigan Zibi http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/2677

Violence & Abuse Against Indigenous Women & Children: A Legacy of Colonialism & Apartheid
http://wiinimkiikaa.wordpress.com/violence-abuse-against-indigenous-women-children/

Indigenous Women and Violence, Quebec Native Women Inc.
http://www.faq-qnw.org/documents/reportviolence2008.pdf

Sisters in Spirit, Native Women’s Association of Canada
http://www.nwac-hq.org/en/background.html

Amnesty International Canada: End violence against Indigenous women
http://www.amnesty.ca/take_action/actions/canada_stolen_sisters_2009.php

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Society http://www.elizabethfry.ca/
Fact Sheets http://www.elizabethfry.ca/eweek09/factsht.htm

PrisonerJustice.ca http://www.vcn.bc.ca/august10/

Missing/Murdered First Nations (Native) Women http://www.missingnativewomen.ca/

Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women http://missingjustice.mvmnt.ca/

Minwaashin Lodge http://www.minlodge.com/

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre http://www.dewc.ca/

An Indigenous Perspective on Feminism, Militarism, and the Environment
http://www.urbanhabitat.org/node/951

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